Archive for the ‘ArcGIS Server’ Category

Post-Relocation – What’s up.

February 6, 2008

I’ve been too busy to blog lately, which isn’t a bad thing. I still need someone to buy my old house (takers?); but here we are, Hays America. Coming back to the town of my alma mater feels like college again except two toddlers are my roomies now (insert joke here). After an evening of getting ‘acclimated’ to local customs (went to a KofC stag) the old gears weren’t spinning this morning as fast as the room was last night. So in lieu of any sort of real productivity today, we blog… (more…)

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The three-month make-up post.

October 10, 2007

Has it really been three months since I posted anything? Sheesh.

To be honest, I put the blog on the back burner when I saw how my late summer/early fall was shaping up. I’ve been waist-deep in ArcGIS Server and SDE implementation (here’s the first release), plus KAM held its annual conference in Manhattan (oops; shoulda blogged that). At any rate, here’s a quarterly redux of the current state of Dealy Geomatics (hopefully with more frequent updates to follow): (more…)

GIS Hosting – the shape of things to come?

May 22, 2007

So, I’m back from InfiniTec’s annual user group conference, and I’m finally getting a chance to process all the questions and comments that were received.  Most of my time was spent on ArcGIS server demos, and I have to say for the most part, I think people got it.  Anecdotally,  it also appears that what local government  wants out of their GIS is something that makes it easy to provide access &/or collaboration (especially with data that hasn’t been georeferenced traditionally), and they want their geodata backed-up as well as secure.    Ubiquity & security – sounds a lot like:

  • Enterprise GIS (expensive & out-of-reach).
  • Web Hosting (easier on the wallet, easier to sell to decision-makers).

Somewhere in this convergence, I really think the little guy (or government) stands to benefit.    Oh, I know that a GIS hosting solution (“Geohost”, anyone?) isn’t a substitute for true enterprise GIS,  but it could be a start with a price tag that’s easier to swallow.

Huzzah! Easy Printing (image export) in ArcGIS Server.

May 8, 2007

I should make it clear that I am an Analyst 1st, Cartographer 2nd and Programmer 3rd (maybe even 4th if you wanna rank data development as a separate category). I had been scouring ESRI support for the past couple of months looking for some help to get a decent print page out of ArcGIS Server (AGS) with limited result.  I mean, I pretty much understand what I can do with server, looking @ the object models, but implementation’s a whole ‘nother ball of wax;  especially for someone like myself with limited time to go along with my limited understanding.

While trying to rectify a bit of a problem with some code I was playing around with, I discovered the “Print Task .Net WebADF”  (& apparently so have a few hundred folks before me).   Mr. Chivite’s contribution to ArcScripts is a glowing example of near-seamless integration within the existing AGS program structure.  You get an installer, concise documentation, and a component that seats itself nicely in the “Tasks” section of the default web site application framework.

Once implemented, a plethora of image formats are available to export (and then print), including good ol’ PDF.  Finally, I can deliver a map that looks like it came out of desktop software.

Printing a map in IMS was a horrid, ugly experience in which neither professional or end-user was ever completely satisfied, no matter how you prettied things up.  Thanks to this custom task, a cartographer can be less of a programmer, and spend more time tricking out map design.   Oh & if I can heckle a bit from the cheap seats – it’s a pity that this kind of functionality isn’t standard equipment in the default AGS browser, especially when IMS offers printing as standard equipment out of the box.

manually-installable version of “Print Task .Net WebADF” is available for those that wanna pick things apart to understand them.  The source appears to be in C# – & ya know this isn’t the first good AGS sample I’ve seen in C# either.  All this time using VB to get stuff done’s making me feel all inadequate. :-/

See you @ the InfiniTec UGC

April 25, 2007

For all you Local Government types who are looking to improve or enhance your organizations’ GIS,  I’ll be attending the InfiniTec User Group Conference May 15-17 in Topeka, KS.  You can sign up via this link.  The sign-up deadline is this Thursday, April 26.  I’ll be there to talk about InfiniTec’s upcoming  transition of their Local Government Information System (LGIS) from ArcIMS to ArcGIS server.  I’ll also have a few demos put together, showcasing how AGS improves the LGIS experience.

We’ll also talk about the paradigm shift in geospatial tech away from desktop toward server-based apps and the parallels between geospatial hosting and “conventional” web hosting.

Hope to see you there & be sure to tell ’em Beau sent ya! 🙂

Hands-on with ArcGIS Server.

February 2, 2007

This week, I had the privilege of spending 2 days in Kansas City with the folks from ESRI St. Louis to get some real hands-on time with ArcGIS Server.

ESRI has been touting “Server” as the next step in the evolution of GIS for the last few years. However, I think with the 9.2 release, we’ve actualy got something usable. My experience in GIS isn’t with web-based applications, so there’s a bit of a learning curve every time I tear into ArcIMS. However, Server might be the bridge that allows me to take my desktop knowledge to the Web.

If nothing else, I think that ArcGIS Server is going to allow for an even-ing of the playing field between the little guy and big business/government. Now, with a knowledgeable vendor (ahem…), small business/government can buy hosting for their entire GIS, just like they do for their web presence. Click through to read on for my 1st ArcGIS Server experience. (more…)